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Things To Do In Sagarmatha National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park is home to the tallest peak in the world – Mt. Everest – and is situated in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal. Other prominent peaks like the Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cho Oyu and the Lhotse are also a part of this conservation site that features as the highest national park in the world.
Officially established in 1976, the region has been witnessing tourists since the 1960s; however, over the years it has risen substantially as a hub for trek enthusiasts who visit to explore the numerous trails on offer among the valleys and hills of this wildlife reserve. Detailed below is a list of the top things to do when in Sagarmatha National Park.
Trek to Everest Base Camp
Undoubtedly one of the most sought after activities in Nepal, trekking along the Everest Base Camp is a culturally enticing journey that will bestow upon you a lifetime of memories. Through this hike, you can find the opportunity to explore majority of the visit-worthy landmarks within the national park. Crossing a number of high passes, native Sherpa villages, glaciers and charming little teahouses, this single trip encompasses a variety of encounters with natural elements and picture-perfect moments.
Hiking through Scenic Trails
The region around Everest has numerous trails on offer for all trek enthusiasts, whether you are a newbie or a veteran. While it is possible to go exploring these trails independently, it is always advisable to avail the services of the local Sherpas to guide you around the area.
Hike to Mt. Taboche
Trekking through a relatively challenging route that passes by the Khumbu Valley and among the Himalayas, one can reach the viewpoint of Mt. Taboche – a magnificent peak over 6500 m high, with views of extraordinary surrounding scenes. On the way up, you will encounter the Buddhist Taboche monastery that adds a touch of spirituality to scenic environment. There are also eateries and rest shops for refreshment at the top of the hill, and each makes for a fun hangout spot coupled with a picturesque view.
Kala Patthar is the highest point you will reach on a standard Everest Base Camp Trek. While it is technically not a mountain, it is best known for having one of the most amazing sunrise views in the region, along with brilliant close-up views of the Everest.
Mt. Ama Dablam
Mt. Ama Dablam is also a peak encountered on the trek trail to Everest Base Camp. Its name means ‘Mother’s Necklace’ in the regional tongue, and has been given the moniker because of its peculiar structure. While the hike up to the peak requires technical mountaineering capacities, just the view from the trail itself is a spectacular sight.
Khumjung is a village located within the Sagarmatha zone and is situated at a height of almost 4000 m near Mt. Khumbila. The village features all forms of modern communications and also a school that was established in 1961 by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.
The memorial to Scott Fischer is also located in Khumjung.